Plane Crash Kills Transplant Team

Surgeons carrying organs to critical patient lost in Lake Michigan
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2007 4:33 AM CDT
Plane Crash Kills Transplant Team
A Harbor Patrol boat is seen near the site of Monday's plane crash Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in Milwaukee. No one was believed to have survived the crash Monday of a small plane that was carrying a six-member organ transplant team and its cargo of donor organs. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Six members of a transplant team on a life-saving mission were killed when their plane plunged into Lake Michigan, 6 miles from Milwaukee. The AP reports the team included the pilot and co-pilot  of the Cessna Citation, a cardiac surgeon, a transplant donor specialist and a trainee in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. The organs were also lost.

The patient, who may become victim number seven, is in critical condition at the University of Michigan Hospital. A search for surviviors on Lake Michigan turned up some wreckage and some human remains. There was no sign of any survivors. (Read more organ transplants stories.)

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